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Peach of a pair of Melba vases offered at Bonhams in Australia

06 May 2019

The famous Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba once owned this pair of ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ bottle vases which were sold at auction from her estate in 2015.

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Remarkable pieces of Australian gold rush era jewellery appear at UK sales

11 February 2019

Gold rush era jewellery from Down Under is a rare visitor to UK salerooms but, remarkably, several pieces have appeared for sale in recent months.

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Auction explores Oz theme

04 February 2019

Lots relating to explorer Matthew Flinders are particularly topical given that his grave has just been re-discovered in a graveyard under Euston station as part of works for the HS2 high-speed railway line.

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Auction of a musical collection so large they bought the cottage over the road to house it

25 January 2019

Collecting often leads to a certain obsession, as many enthusiasts with attics filled to burst or garages stuffed with boxes will admit. Take the example of a group now forming 700 lots to be dispersed at an Irish sale.

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Leon Kossoff's view of King's Cross appears at Sydney sale

12 November 2018

A London scene by an important Modern British painter will be offered at Deutscher and Hackett in Sydney on November 28.

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Australia auction calendar

15 October 2018

Listing of auctions coming up in Australia.

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The dust settles: a special report on the Australian auction scene

15 October 2018

After almost a decade of flatlining annual sales and the collapse of Mossgreen, Australia’s auctioneers are vocal about the improving market.

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Kelly still standing after 20 bare-knuckle rounds

15 October 2018

“If I was to select just one lot we have sold this year,” says John Albrecht, managing director at Leonard Joel, “it would be the haunting, period photo of Australia’s infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly, taken in 1874 after a boxing match.”

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Silver from a Melbourne founder

15 October 2018

Presented to Captain William Lonsdale (1799-1864) in 1842 by the people of Melbourne in recognition of his services to the founding colony, the Lonsdale Silver Presentation has remained in his descendants’ care for 176 years.

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Scenes from Lewis Carroll classic decorate 1870s envelopes on offer in Melbourne

03 September 2018

Eight envelopes from the 1870s, each decorated with a scene from Lewis Carroll’s famous book Alice in Wonderland are to be offered at Abacus Auctions’ December 1 sale of stamps, postal history and picture postcards.

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Cricketers bowl up at Aussie sale

13 August 2018

The strong suit in the extensive cricket section of Abacus Auctions’ (18% buyer’s premium) Sporting Memorabilia sale in Melbourne on July 22 proved to be a collection of early 20th century autographed real photo postcards of test cricketers that were offered individually.

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New premises in Melbourne for Sotheby’s Australia

13 August 2018

Sotheby’s Australia has moved to new premises in the ‘Paris End’ of Melbourne.

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Ceramics and glass collection leads inaugural sale at new Australian auction house Gibson's

08 August 2018

The collection of a man described as “a passionate supporter of the decorative arts” will feature in the inaugural sale at a new Melbourne saleroom.

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Trio of firms rises from ashes of Mossgreen

02 July 2018

Australia gains three new auction houses as specialists go it alone in Melbourne

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Australian cricket team postcard in bat at new Melbourne saleroom

02 July 2018

Newly formed Australian firm Abacus Auctions holds its second sale on July 22, devoted to coins and banknotes plus a selection of collectables and sporting memorabilia.

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Mueller European art glass collection comes up at Australian sale

02 July 2018

Having successfully dispersed the collection of Lalique glass formed by Hans and Gertrud Mueller in March this year, Sotheby’s Australia is now selling the couple’s collection of other European Art Glass.

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Collection of Australian clockmaker expert Ken Hose offered at Leonard Joel auction

11 June 2018

Ken Hose, who has published three books on Australian clockmakers, has been fascinated by clocks and their mechanics since he was a teenager.

Mossgreen ‘won’t be the last’ until trust accounts compulsory

14 May 2018

The Auctioneers and Valuers Association (AVAA), a trade body representing Australian auction houses, has called for client accounts to become a compulsory legal requirement in the country.

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BDO report hits out at Mossgreen management

30 April 2018

The administrator BDO’s report into the collapse of Mossgreen has recommended that the Australian auction house’s former management be investigated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) over possible criminal activities.

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